Quick and easy holiday recipes for kids

Quick and easy holiday recipes for kids

Nicole Avery, of parenting blog Planning With Kids, shares two easy recipes your kids will love to make these school holidays.

Two things are certain during the school holidays: the kids will need ideas to keep themselves entertained, and they will also need to be fed. Combine these two certainties and get the kids in the kitchen cooking up a storm.

It is helpful to have a couple of quick and easy recipes in your repertoire that use basic ingredients you already have in your pantry, so the kids can have fun in the kitchen without too much additional preparation. Here are two easy recipes perfect for kids to cook that will keep them entertained and provide a very tasty morning or afternoon tea.

While these recipes don’t make a huge mixture, it is easier for kids and they make less mess if you prepare them in a large bowl.

Peanut butter oat balls

These no-bake peanut butter oat balls are great for all ages, but work particularly well for pre-schoolers and junior primary school students as they require no cooking and the steps are few and very simple.

Makes 28–30 balls. 


  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1tsp vanilla extract


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the oats and coconut. Spoon in the peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract.
  2. Allow the kids to start mixing using a wooden spoon, then, when almost combined, they might find it easier to use their hands to make sure everything is thoroughly mixed together. Ensure the honey and peanut butter are spread evenly throughout the mixture so that the balls stick together.
  3. To make sure the balls are of a consistent size, show the children how to use a tablespoon to measure out even amounts of the mixture. Have them tightly squeeze a spoonful of mixture in their hands first, then roll it into a ball. Continue making balls until you run out of mixture, placing made balls into a container that has an airtight lid. If the kids’ hands become very sticky with the mixture, washing them clean in between will make it easier to roll the balls.
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    Show your kids how to measure out the mixture with a tablespoon.
  4. Put the lid on the airtight container and refrigerate for 1 hour.
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    All ready to eat. Yum!

Choc chip scones

Scones are a quick and easy recipe to whip up when you’re looking for a warm and tasty snack. They also use pantry staples, so you’ll most likely have the ingredients on hand. Add some chocolate chips to the mix for something different during the school holidays, and set the little hands kneading. Children as young as four can make these under supervision, and older children who are able to negotiate using the oven can make them without assistance.

Makes 10­–12 scones.


  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1tsp caster sugar
  • 15gbutter
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup milk choc chips


  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a large bowl, gently mix together the flour and sugar.
  3. Chop the butter into very small cubes, and add it to the bowl. Rub the butter into the flour using your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Make a well in the flour, and pour three-quarters of the milk into the well. Add the choc chips.
  5. Using a butter knife, cut the milk through the mixture to formit into a dough. If the dough is not coming together, add a few teaspoons of the leftover milk.
  6. Spread out a large piece of baking paper, then turn out the dough onto the paper and knead until smooth. Be careful not to overwork it or the scones will lose their light, fluffy texture. (It can be easier for kids to conduct the kneading process on baking paper, butyou can use a lightly floured surface if you prefer.)
  7. Press the dough onto the baking paper until it is approximately 2cm thick. Use either a round cutter or a glass to cut the scones, and place them onto a lined baking tray, slightly touching each other.
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    Time to cut out the scones!
  8. Make the remaining dough into a ball and press out again to make more scones. Repeat this process until you have used all of the dough.
  9. Brush the tops of the scones with the leftover milk and place in the preheated oven for 12–15 minutes or until golden brown. If they sound hollow when you tap them with your finger, they are cooked inside.
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    Turn the scones out onto a clean tea towel, then enjoy them warm with melted butter. Delicious!